I tried this recipe which I found on Pinterest with my family over the weekend but refused to tell them any of the ingredients until they had tried it out first. It worked and they ate it without complaining until they learned about the sauerkraut. My son suggested replacing the sauerkraut with hash browns and while this sounds a bit heavy, it may actually work if you double the pickles. Otherwise, this is a keeper of a recipe.
Baked Reuben Casserole
Recipe by: Origin Unknown/Heavily Adapted by Winner Dinners
Serves about 6
5 slices rye bread
3/4 pound thinly sliced corned beef (shaved)
1 cup rinsed and well-drained sauerkraut
3/4 cup dill pickles, chopped
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
4 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
1-1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
1/4 cup Thousand Island salad dressing
Butter an 11×7-inch baking dish. Cut three pieces of the bread into cubes and line the bottom of the dish with them. Cover with half of the corned beef. Make additional layers in this order: sauerkraut, pickles, caraway seeds, 2 cups of cheese, the remaining beef, and the remaining cheese. With a whisk, beat together the eggs, milk, mustard and Thousand Island dresssing until well mixed. Pour over the casserole. Let stand while the oven is heating. Preheat the oven to 350. Make fresh bread crumbs with the remaining two slices of bread using a blender or food processor. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top of the casserole. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until set in the center.
Do you find yourself getting caught up in excessive rules? Maybe the initial reason for them was good but now it is out if control. Hear these verses from Colossians.
“Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires. (Colossians 2:21-23 NLT)
Sometimes the rules serve a good purpose but other times these rules can be do more harm than good. Rules have a way of making us look good on the outside because they require self-control. But instead they create a smoke screen to distract from the real problems underneath. Problems of addiction, unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, gossip, pride, envy, manipulation, and deceit are often beneath the surface of excessive rules.
Good counseling addresses these problems beneath the surface by pointing to the healing that can only come from Christ Jesus. Don’t settle for another set of rules, work to resolve the problems underneath the surface and discover the gift of freedom given to you by Christ.